About Us

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a unique all-girls school founded to educate young women and give them the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in college, in their careers, and in their communities. We are a public school in the Austin Independent School District serving girls in 6th through 12th grades.

Our vision is to focus on the whole girl, providing academic and enrichment opportunities that engage our students, expand their horizons, and give them the tools to achieve their dreams.

Project Ventura is a project being completed by the 10th grade engineering classes taught by me, Ana Josephson. I came up with the project this past summer after I bought an old travel-trailer on Craigslist, only to find that is needed a lot more repair than the sellers had me believe. Instead of being sad and resentful about my bad purchase, I decided to make it into a project, hence Project Ventura was born.

At the Ann Richards School, we aim to live our mission statement every day, which reads:

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and well balanced life style, lead with courage and compassion, and solve problems creatively and ethically in support of our global community.

It is my hope that Project Ventura encourages students be healthy and well balanced by going out into the natural world through adventurous camping excursions. The intent of the project is also to have students solve problems, in this case, environmental problems, through creative solutions that can contribute to greater community well being.
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